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Department of Surgery

Department of Surgery

The Section of General Thoracic Surgery

Pictured: Valerie Kuderer, R.N., David T. Cooke, M.D. and Elizabeth David, M.D.

Thoracic Surgery
at UC Davis

Surgical treatments for non-cardiac diseases of the chest


A patient's perspective on their lung cancer surgery performed by Dr. Cooke.

The general thoracic surgery team provides expansive services for the surgical treatment of non-cardiac benign and malignant diseases of the chest, including the lungs, esophagus, chest wall, airway, mediastinum (the central compartment of the chest) and diaphragm Many of our therapies are performed using minimally invasive techniques such as video-assisted thoracic surgery or VATS and laparoscopic surgery.

Our general thoracic surgery team is also a part of the National Cancer Institute Designated UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, which employs a multidisciplinary approach, providing expert opinions from thoracic surgery, gastroenterology, radiation oncology, diagnostic radiology, pulmonology and medical oncology to best fight our patients' cancers. Our patients may be eligible for UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center clinical trials that offer cutting edge and state of the art therapies.

Thoracic Surgeries